Stay on your lane, IGP Idris tells Federal Lawmakers

Nigeria’s Inspector General of Police Ibrahim Idris has a another message for the Federal Lawmakers, urging them to stay off future appointment of police bosses in Nigeria.

In a new bill in the floor of the National Assembly, the lawmakers are planning to have hands in the future appointments of IGP in Nigeria.

But IGP Idris is urging lawmakers to remove the section of the new bill that requires senate confirmation of IGP’s appointments.

InfomediaNG gathered that he made the submission on Wednesday during a public hearing by the senate committee on police affairs on the police reform bill.

The constitution currently requires the president to appoint an IGP subject to the senate’s approval.

But the reform bill is seeking to open the window for other police officers interested in the position to apply.

“Interested persons (for the office of the IGP) shall make an open and formal application to the police council; the Nigerian police council shall nominate three applicants from among the pool of applicants using the stipulated criteria for competences and qualification; the president shall appoint the inspector-general of police from the recommended applicants subject to the confirmation of the Senate.”

But addressing the lawmakers, the IGP said such confirmation will “make the police less proficient.” Section 3 states

“The appointment of the inspector-general of police by the president on the advice of the police council without the senate confirmation is the desire of the police and should be made to be in the bill,” Idris said.

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There have been power tussle between the police and the Federal lawmakers in the past.


  • Opeyemi Quadri

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